SoC Ideas SpriteSheets
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Allow wesnoth to support spritesheets
Page for the idea: SoC_Ideas_SpriteSheets
Wesnoth units are made of thousands of small png files, each containing the image of the unit in a given stance. This has the advantage of (arguably) being easier for artists. However this has a huge cost in term of memory usage. The point of this SoC would be to allow wesnoth to support spritesheets : huge images containing a mosaic of all images and related tools/code support
There are 2 submitted student proposals for this idea
Shuger - sprite sheet support
I want add sprite sheet support to Wesnoth. The general idea is to assemble multiple small images into few bigger
See GSoC Sprite Sheets Shuger for more information.
Gabba - Sprite Sheets
I developed an approach to introduce sprite sheets to Wesnoth with minimal hassle for artists, and as little modifications to game code as possible. I support generation of various sizes of optimized sprite sheets, so we can adapt to various platform and memory/disk requirements. My system will rely on a single external tool based on an existing open-source solution.
See GSoC-SpriteSheets Gabba for more information.
currently, all the wesnoth unit animations are based on png images, each image representing the unit in a single pose. In a spritesheet approch, each unit is represented by a single,huge, image where all the unit images are put on a mosaïc pattern and the game knows where to look for a given image.
the spritesheet approch has huge gains in term of memory consumption, but there are a couple of problems that need to be solved
- how to build those huge sheets from our current images set
- Wesnoth does not have a fixed number of frames per unit, nor does it have a fixed size for each unit frame. A naïve approch to the problem will not work